Five Guineas: Anne (obverse); Shields and rose (reverse)

Five Guineas: Anne (obverse); Shields and rose (reverse)

1703

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Gold

Diameter: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Weight: 41.746 g (1.47 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.203

Location

Did you know?

Of the five guineas struck for circulation, this type is the rarest.

Description

The coinage during Anne's reign remained fairly constant to the designs inaugurated in 1662. Before the Act of Union with Scotland (1706), the arms of England and Scotland remained separate, as shown. After the act the two arms were conjoined on one shield. The word Vigo denotes that the coins were struck from gold captured from the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay (1702). Although silver coins bearing the Vigo inscription are less rare, the three gold denominations bearing the symbol are all extremely rare.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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